Angling Times (UK) - - ADAM PENNING -

I HAVE been lucky enough to have spent a large part of the sum­mer watch­ing fish close in.

Ob­serv­ing carp go about their busi­ness is fas­ci­nat­ing to me and I never tire of it. It never ceases to amaze me how tuned in to any­thing un­usual they can be, and get­ting a rig in po­si­tion in crys­tal-clear water is chal­leng­ing, to say the least. Some­times you can see an in­di­vid­ual carp tilt slightly on to its side and quite clearly take a good long look at you!

I think that any­one who doubts the oc­u­lar ef­fi­ciency or the gen­eral aware­ness of a carp is mis­guided.

Some­times the fish can be so edgy that the small­est thing can have them flee­ing in fear. Re­cently I flicked in a small piece of boilie in an ef­fort to dis­creetly move the the fish away from the spot so that I could lower in a rig. The re­sult was that all the carp bolted from the area and they didn’t come back at all that day! That per­plexed me some­what – I mean it could have been a tiny acorn drop­ping from a tree! Ei­ther way it was enough to see them leave, and that was that! Carp are very fickle crea­tures – the fol­low­ing day I got them feed­ing on floaters us­ing a large Spomb. The fish would come in and feed within a minute of the Spomb land­ing – it seems that some days they will tol­er­ate any­thing, while on oth­ers they can be im­pos­si­ble to catch. And there lies the fas­ci­na­tion of carp fish­ing!

A mar­gin-feed­ing mon­ster. Get­ting my rig into po­si­tion took stealth and pa­tience.

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